The Family Tree Genealogy Guide – Episode 3

Understanding Italian History When Doing Research

Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC can provide professional genealogical research services onsite anywhere in mainland Italy, Sicilia, or Sardinia. There are many Italian archives that are not accessible from a distance, especially if you want to research your ancestors before 1800. In order to accurately estimate time and expenses, we will need a detailed summary of your previous research and what your research goals are so we can provide the best service possible.

Our owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, Melanie D. Holtz, is a professional genealogist with 20+ years of experience who specializes in Italian research and citizenship via jure sanguinis. As an Italian-American, she brings her love of family and her Italian ancestry to every research project. She understands what it means to find your ancestors and reconnect with lost parts of your history.

Each month, Dennise and Melanie will talk about content found in the book to help you on your journey of researching your Italian family tree! 

On Episode 3: Understanding Italian History


  • Understand the history of the Italian town, province, and region you are researching, particularly as it relates to record-keeping. Historical references can give you great insight into the day-to-day lives of your ancestors.

  • Determine the years of civil registration, church records, and other genealogical sources for the area of Italy your ancestors hail from.

  • Understand Italian emigration, as it provides a look at the historical, social, cultural events that formed our immigrant ancestors and played a large part in their decision-making process.

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The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy is a complete and reference guide to support you on your journey of researching your Italian family history. Want to learn how to research your Italian ancestors? Want to learn about the history of your ancestors, find out where they were born, and explore where they came from? Do you want to learn how to find the Italian documents you need for your citizenship application? All can be found in this book and more!


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